Photo: Patrik Andersson
The spring collections—which are presented in New York City right after Labor Day—tend to sneak up on us, when we're all trying to get back in the swing of things at the end of summer. I always look forward to seeing what the other fashion editors and buyers are wearing to the shows. Many try out their new fall outfits in 85 degree heat: The fur is flying, the leather is out, the cashmere and wool outfits all make their first appearance in hopes of being photographed. I love it!
I also love to see which celebrities and socialites make it to the shows—they bring a lot of round-the-world press for the designers and that's terrific, especially for someone just starting out.
So the logistics: Fashion Week used to be one week, but now it's expanded to almost two full weeks of up to 15 shows a day, mini-showings, showroom appointments, and after-parties. It can be fun, but I know that I'm really there to see what's happening on the runways in order to report back to our readers. And that's what I'm going to do here. Not only do I plan to let you know what the overall trends are for Spring 2010, but more important, I will share with you which trends you should look out for, how to adapt them to your lifestyle, and which ones to ignore (because some are so ridiculous it's crazy!). Some of the shows I am looking forward to this season include:
This American designer bases herself out of Europe and comes to New York to show her collection. Fifty editors are selected to attend, and the presentation, held in a top art gallery, is always elegant and very chic. It doesn't hurt that a smattering of very fabulous notables tends to show up: Christy Turlington, Ellen Barkin, Kyra Sedgwick, Dustin and Lisa Hoffman, the artists Rachel and John Currin, and Sarah Jessica Parker have made appearances to this show. (Sex and the City Part 2 just started filming here in the city, and since fashion plays such an important role in this series, I wonder if SJP and the rest of the women will be at many of this year's events?)
Next: An up-and-coming young designer Adam is crazy for